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Nafaqah

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    Nafaqah

    Constitutes the financial obligation of a husband toward his wife during marriage and for a time after he divorces her. While married, a husband is expected to pay for housing, food, and his wife's clothes according to her social class or their agreement at the time the marriage was contracted. He generally is also expected to pay for all her medical expenses, although schools of legal thought differ on this point. Depending on social class and agreement, nafaqah could also include servants and a standard of living consistent with that of the wife's peers. If divorce takes place, the husband is expected to pay her the same financial support for the first three months following the divorce, a period known as iddah, during which the wife continues to live in her home and may not remarry; this is to ascertain that there is no pregnancy and to allow for a period in which the couple could reconcile. Nafaqah can also include support for family members such as father, mother, sisters, brothers, and children if they cannot support themselves.

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